KORAY HUSSEIN

I think pretty much every successful creative has to have a healthy dose of arrogance and therefore confidence going in, you know? You're willfully entering an industry where you create something that you're assuming other people will value. It can be hard trying to keep that confidence up, though. I mean, there are times where, like you said, you get stuck in a rut and you'll look back at your body of work and not like anything, but you just have to ride that wave and try to hold on until you start to get that confidence back. It also helps to surround yourself with a few friends who are willing to slap some sense into you when that happens.

 

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Oh, I'd say it's actually much more important to be able to communicate than to have technical knowledge. There are some amazing photographers out there who have no idea about the exposure triangle and they still get incredible results because they know how to get the best out of their subjects. It's important to me that my images come across as natural and that they don't have that "try hard" look so I need the models I work with to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. I give as little direction as possible. I try my best to never dismiss a pose or idea, that's the worst thing to do. The second you say, "No" to a pose or idea it'll cast doubt in the models' mind. Just shoot through it before suggesting a different angle.

 

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That's a really interesting question. I'd probably attribute it to not necessarily, and I don't mean this in a bad way, but not necessarily caring about what other people are doing. I'm much more concerned with creating something that both the model and I are proud of and not about ticking anybody else boxes. The models I work with know my style and they know that I don't use stuff like prisms or fairy lights so they know what they're getting and come into the shoot looking for a similar result to what I've achieved with other models in the past. I prefer for my images to be much more authentic and to encapsulate a certain mood or feeling rather adhering to current trends.

 

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Well, I've always felt that the aesthetic I go for is quite soft and feminine when it comes to mood and tones which, in my eyes at least, tends to lean towards women. Like you said, they're not my only creative focus but, I don't know, I just feel that the male body is much more angular and almost harsher than the female form which is more elegant whilst still showcasing all the strength that you naturally associate with women.

 

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It's much easier to work with plain clothing for me. It's less distracting and doesn't draw attention away from the subject. I think there can be a tendency to go over the top with colours, print, glitter and all the bells and fucking whistles sometimes and it's just completely unnecessary. You should be able to rely on your skills as a photographer and model to create a striking image. I'll stop there before I go on a rant and get myself in trouble (laughing). I'll just say that if you're not shooting for a brand or client and you still feel the need to use crazy wardrobe to create striking images then... No, I'll definitely stop there. (laughing)

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work but one that I am truly grateful for is: the struggle to stay original and interesting. There are so many people out there trying to be the next Haris Nukes or Marc Hayden. And whilst I'm not knocking their work, each of them deserve every bit of success they get, I do think that going out there, looking at a scene and model and trying to capture it in a way that is both unique and consistent with your previous work is something that every photographer should strive for. We don't need another Marc Hayden; we already have one and he's banging out some absolute gems. We need other people to step up with their own style and that's what I'm attempting to do with my work.

 

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Oh God… I'm like the biggest pessimist when it comes to myself. But, I'm going to try to keep it light and say yes I am [optimistic about the future]. With the network of people that I've built up around me, both personally and professionally, it'd be a disservice to them to say no. I've worked hard to make sure that the people around me are good, honest people who will let me know if they think I've made a poor decision and I think as long as you have people like that around you and you have a relatively smart head on your shoulders, you'll be fine. I've got some potentially interesting projects coming up and I've got some other trips in the works too so 2018 looks like it could be a good year.

 

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The end of civilization will be caused by: fucking hell man, I'm trying to keep it light (laughing). Okay, I'll bite. I actually think we're well on our way, to be honest. The general lack of empathy that's out there now is bloody staggering. I'm sadly old enough to have seen the change in the general publics mentality and it's not for the better. I'm going to avoid saying, "Back in my day" but years ago, something like the UFC was forced to be an underground sub-culture and was nowhere near the mainstream because it was seen as barbaric. People didn't want to see something like that on their television. Now, people look at you funny if you point out that maybe, just maybe, watching two people literally beat years off of each others' life whilst you sit back and scoff on a pizza, cheering them on is kind of barbaric. You'll get labelled as a snowflake. Nobody is willing to put themselves in someone else's shoes. They'd prefer to get a pair of jeans on the cheap instead of paying more so that the person actually making the jeans can make a decent living. People actually roll their eyes when you bring this sort of thing up. And they will continue to roll their eyes until they're the ones on the other side and there's nobody else out there who cares enough to help them… and it's going to happen. It's just a matter of time. That's what will eventually bring everything crashing down to me… Was that the kind of answer you were looking for? Or were you expecting a more jokey answer like Donald Trump sitting on the red button in the oval office? So much for keeping it light.

 
















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